Our program is characterized by an emphasis on fieldwork, built into the department's methods courses, and is encouraged in student work abroad. We cover anthropology's subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology, each characterized by unique approaches, yet all oriented toward understanding and informing contemporary debates about the diversity of human experience in a wide range of societies.
Through our field school in ethnography and biocultural anthropology in Tanzania students learn fieldwork methods in rural eastern Africa, focusing on health, nutrition, and culture in the context of political and economic changes. Anthropology faculty have also led field schools in Cameroon and Mexico, and students have worked with our faculty on their fieldwork in China and Bolivia.
An original, model program of practical field training (part of the course Fundamentals of Archaeology: Theory and Field Archaeology ) in the controlled environment of a simulated excavation field which features reconstructed ruins, physical remains and finds, and reproduced actual stratigraphy of diagnostic archaeological contexts.
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.
Presented by the American Anthropology Association, a tool for finding information on anthropology that is available on the web.
Ancestors in Africa
Materials prepared as part of a project funded by the UK Higher Education funding council. Provides case study materials related to the Mambila of Nigeria and Cameroon and the practice of ancestor cult worship.
Provides free access to online journals containing fieldwork conducted by museum scientists in the areas of zoological systematics, paleontaology, geology, evolution, and anthropology. The Anthropological Papers, contain monographic volumes that include some of the great ethnographies of the 20th century, particularly on North American Indians.